Before coming to the United States in 1977, Russian pianist Arkady Aronov, acclaimed as “a pianist of high caliber” by the New York Times, was one of the leading pianists in the Soviet Union. Soviet Music, the most prestigious Russian musical journal, wrote that Aronov “should be ranked among the best pianists of our time.”
Mr. Aronov gained a reputation throughout Russia as an outstanding interpreter of baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music for the keyboard. His repertoire includes more than forty-five complete recital programs and twenty-four piano concerti. In addition to playing over a thousand recitals in the Soviet Union, appearing as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and on radio and television throughout Russia’s major cities, he presented four historic series of twenty concerts, embracing the music of three centuries in the Leningrad Concert Hall. He was the first to perform the music of leading contemporary Russian composers and debuted some Western compositions in Russia. His performance of Aaron Copland’s Sonata won the praise of the composer, for whom Mr. Aronov gave a special performance in Leningrad.
Dr. Aronov has written numerous scholarly works and edited two collections of piano works by the Russian avant-garde. He was also the founder and editor of a series of volumes for students, “Contemporary Composers for Youth.”
Arkady Aronov studied piano with the renowned Savshinsky at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory of Music in Leningrad, where in 1960 he was appointed Professor of Piano, a position he held until emigrating in 1977. He has been a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music since 1977 and Manhattan School of Music since 1984.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1984.